Monday, 11 July 2016

Praying for a colleagues knee

Flo Keith sent me this yesterday, it's a brilliant read:

A couple of Mondays ago, I went to one of my colleagues in the English Department after a crazy day at work and we sat and had a chat. She mentioned that she was going to her dance class tonight which was why she was working late (she also teaches dance at school!) but her knee was really sore. As soon as she told me, I felt prompting me to pray for her "Do it, do it," and with everything in me scared to, I just blurted out "do you want me to pray for your knee?" To my surprise, she said yes, so I asked if I could lay hands on and then prayed for the pain to go and a general blessing.

Now, she wasn't healed, but what happened after was just as awesome! She sent me an email about 10 mins later titled "The power of prayer" and this was her response:

Thank you so much for your prayer today, I really appreciate it. God was clearly listening – the one lady who usually comes to Fitsteps on a Wednesday has just messaged me to say she can’t come tonight, meaning I can have an evening resting my knee

Have a lovely evening.


So God answers prayer in the most unexpected way, and when I asked her about her knee on Friday afternoon, she said that the pain had gone a while ago.

So it wasn't a moment of "Wow, immediate pain gone!" but in my opinion, still an amazing opportunity (plus now she's not in pain, and I have no idea where her walk with God is, but I think her email back and the language she's used is really encouraging!

Let's all be a little more like Flo and take the opportunities that come our way!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Always being ready...

Peter speaks about always being ready to give a reason for the hope that we have.  Here are a couple of stories from our kids worker, Sarah, who did just that:

I was at the chiropractor’s and I said something about church and she started telling me that she wished she’d been brought up with a faith. I told her I hadn’t been either, but that I’d become a Christian at 18 and was able to tell my story of how and why I’d become a Christian. She told me she has other patients who are Christians who have also spoken with her about their faith. I don’t know them, but I feel like we’re working “on team” to help this chiropractor come to faith J.

I was walking down London Road and a guy looked drunk and as though he was going to fall into the road. I considered walking past, but  decided this might be a Holy Spirit moment, so asked if he was ok and started chatting with him. We ended up walking along the road together chatting. I was asking the Holy Spirit if He wanted to say anything. I had the guy’s mum on my mind so asked about her. She is dead and he misses her and various other family hurts came out. I told him I’m a Christian, about Jesus dying for him and God being a good father. He listened and asked questions. I don’t imagine I’ll ever see him again, but I hope our conversation will have contributed to his understanding of our good God in a hurting world and maybe one day he’ll come to faith.

That's Sarah, just taking the opportunities that come her way!  Let's be praying for her chiropractor and this guy on London Road.